"Where there is neglect, there is little or no understanding. Where there is no understanding, there is neglect.”
- World Health Organization
Mental illness is one of the most prevalent healthcare issues in the world today. According to the World Health Organization, “one in four people in the world will be affected by mental or neurological disorders at some point in their lives." That's 25% of the world population. The World Health Organization goes on to explain that "treatments are available, but nearly two-thirds of people with a known mental disorder never seek help from a health professional. Stigma, discrimination and neglect prevent care and treatment from reaching people with mental disorders."
In 2009, I was diagnosed with Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), Panic Disorder (PD), and Generalized Anxiety Disorder (GAD). I had struggled for years before finally seeking help. Lack of awareness about mental illness and the stigmas and stereotypes society imposes had prevented me from finding the help I needed. Since my diagnosis, I have been on medication, in and out of therapy, and hospitalized. After my hospitalization in September 2016, I determined to no longer be silent about my struggles with mental illness in the hopes that my experiences can help someone else.
Listed below some mental health nonprofit organizations dedicated to education, awareness, and support to those whose lives are impacted by mental illness.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Mental Health Resources (MHR) is a progressive, nonprofit organization that offers community-based mental health services to adults recovering from serious mental illness.
TakeThis, Inc. seeks to inform our community about mental health issues, to provide education about mental disorders and mental illness prevention, and to reduce the stigma of mental illness.
The mission of This Is My Brave, Inc. is to end the stigma surrounding mental health issues by sharing personal stories of individuals living successful, full lives despite mental illness through poetry, essay and original music, on stage in front of a live audience, through stories submitted and published to our blog, and via our YouTube channel.
To Write Love on Her Arms is a non-profit movement dedicated to presenting hope and finding help for people struggling with depression, addiction, self-injury, and suicide. TWLOHA exists to encourage, inform, inspire, and also to invest directly into treatment and recovery.
Mental Health America (MHA) – founded in 1909 – is the nation's leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and to promoting the overall mental health of all Americans. Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all, early identification and intervention for those at risk, integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it, with recovery as the goal. Much of our current work is guided by the Before Stage 4 (B4Stage4) philosophy – that mental health conditions should be treated long before they reach the most critical points in the disease process
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. We're committed to improving crisis services and advancing suicide prevention by empowering individuals, advancing professional best practices, and building awareness.